“So what happens now?” Madonna asked in Evita. “What now? What comes next?” Hunter S. Thompson asked throughout his illustrious writing career. And now we ask you: What comes next? The Eat Less Crap Challenge ends on Oct. 1, one day from now. And then what? Over the last month, you’ve all made commitments to change certain aspects of your life, and you have a few options before you now. You can, at the stroke of midnight, order a pizza and crack a beer. Then you can go back to your old habits as if the challenge never happened and was just another hard thing you didn’t like doing. Or you can celebrate your accomplishment with a special meal. During that meal, you might reflect on what you’ve done and decide to keep doing certain things that really worked for you. Or you might decide to take things further. You might also choose to continue the challenge indefinitely. Maybe you saw unbelievable results and want them to keep coming, so the things you gave up are now gone forever. You have a lot of options in front of you. We’re committed to help you do whatever you choose to do. We will give you all the information, resources and support you need as the coming months unfold. We’re not here to browbeat you. We’re here to support you in your pursuit of health and fitness, and we hope you learned something from this month and choose to keep eating less crap. Whatever you choose, remember this: Over the last month, you proved to yourself that you have the power to make sweeping life changes that will have profound effects of your health, performance and overall well-being. You broke bad habits, some of them deeply ingrained in your life. No one made those changes for you. You did it, and we’re proud of all of you. You should be proud of yourself, and you should feel incredibly powerful. You took charge and changed your life for the better. That’s monumental. From our perspective, we saw unbelievable results. We saw our community come together and support each other while sharing recipes, eating strategies and shopping tips. We literally saw people losing fat and performing better. That’s not hyperbole; it’s fact. The numbers on the board don’t lie. Many of you moved better. Many of you lifted heavier or ran faster. Many of you lost weight and gained muscle. Many of you visibly gained confidence. And now you have choice: you can go back to your old habits or you can make the last month the start of a new habit. So we ask you this: What now? What comes next?
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